Keyframe Illustration for Film

An 8-week course where students will learn about the essential elements of what goes into a cinematic illustration: composition, storytelling, mood, lighting, & color

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Course Overview

Create key storytelling moments for film

The goal of this course is to create good-looking and interesting cinematic illustrations. We will be focusing on composition, mood, lighting, and color. Assignments and topics covered will gear towards creating illustrated key frames that help tell a story moment for cinema. We will constantly be observing and studying film composition. The point is to surrender to what drives your imagination and inspires strong emotion. We want to express our ideas in an honest and intelligent way. This course will teach these four elements specifically: 1) composition, 2) mood, 3) storytelling, and 4) lighting & color. Each element will involve covering these four ideas: 1) graphic shape abstraction in black & white and color, 2) film analysis and gathering reference, 3) understanding how to break down a cinematic shot and why, and 4) sequential frames. This learning process is a matter of repetition; it is to gradually build and solidify your own personal artistic sensibilities for mood and composition.

Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individually recorded
Duration:   8 Weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent)
Skills level:   Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites:   A good understanding of human figure drawing, landscape painting, and perspective

Keyframe Illustration for Film WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Introducing the importance of film studies and using very basic breakdowns to analyze what we see
Working with black and white value structure and very minimal use of color
Working with color and shape abstraction
Introducing sound through color and light
Exploring basic instincts for mood and reverse engineering narrative
Exploring further into the depths of mood and staying honest with your narrative
Using sequential frames to find your hero moment
Breaking rules, breaking walls, and being honest with your art

Unleash your creative potential

Alexander Mandradjiev has been working over fourteen years for the motion picture industry as a cinematic illustrator. Alexander has worked with directors and production designers on titles like: Black Swan, Lincoln, The Dark Tower, Edge of Tomorrow, Rise of The Planet of the Apes, Empire V, Electric Dreams (TV Series), X-Men: First Class, Snowpiercer (TV Series), Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and many more. Alexander is a IATSE Local 800 ADG member working in Los Angeles.


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Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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